Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Borders Closings Are Another Step Towards Community Isolation (“In our technology dominated lives, the bookstore is one of the few places where there is a sense of community and interpersonal interaction, where people with a shared passion can meet.”)
Blog Headline of the Week
- The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library is offering 150 free copies of Slaughterhouse-Five to students from the Republic, Mo., high school. If you haven’t heard, the school banned the book (as well as Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer) from its curriculum and even the school library.
- Britain’s The Guardian, of all places, has started a new series on overlooked classics of American literature. The first is The Feud by Thomas Berger, which I admit I’ve never heard of.
- NPR is taking votes for the top 100 SF and fantasy books.
- What various book review clichés really mean.
- Savidge’s rules for reading before the world ends.
- It’s reported that the author of the highly readable story in The New Yorker about the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout never interviewed any member of the SEAL team.
- “Apple now has more liquid cash and marketable securities on hand than the US government.”
- Inside North Korea
Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five